Portals Exhibition features Jackie MacLelland
Bright colors and bold patterns redefine nature in Texas Discovery Gardens’ latest exhibition. Large scale acrylics and monotypes by Jackie MacLelland feature alternative perspectives. Ceramic birds and printed columns are also on display.
Jackie MacLelland is a painter, printmaker, photographer, sculptor, encaustic artist, and writer who has lived, taught, and exhibited around the world. She holds degrees from a number of universities and has attended classes and workshops in a variety of mediums in Asia, Europe, and the United States. She works from her studio, which is now located in Poetry, Texas. She offers workshops in printmaking, photography, encaustic, and papermaking.
Having traveled extensively and exhibited both nationally and internationally, she loves to texture her works with the feel of the countries and cultures she has experienced.
This exhibition is curated by Janet Reynolds.
Not long after I moved into my new home (a metal building), I noticed that hummingbirds were entering the warehouse by one of the high overhead doors, and that although both overhead doors were open, providing points of light, the birds could not seem to find their way out. They stayed high up in the ceiling. I tried desperately to save them, but the birds simply could not see the doors in front of them.
The experience with the birds made me think of Bede and gave me pause to think: What if we were like those birds? What if there was a way into the great unknown that we simply could not see because we were so handicapped by our cultural vision that we would not even look at another possibility when it was right before us? Since that epiphany, I have been searching for that simple, obvious passageway, which I believe is held somewhere in nature, the subject of this body of work.